Radcliffe grew up terrified of nuclear attack

The young star is about to scare film fans as the star of horror film The Woman in Black, and he admits there were quite a few things that frightened him as a child – but none more so than the big bang.

He says, “I was afraid of ghosts when I was a kid and afraid of the dark and monsters under the bed. When I was a kid and somebody first told me about a nuclear bomb I would live in fear of nuclear war for the next five years of my life.”

Nowadays, his biggest fear is creepy crawlies: “I don’t love cockroaches.”

And he admits he doesn’t buy into ghost stories anymore – so all the weird things that happened on the set of his new chiller didn’t keep him awake at night: “This film was made entirely by cynics. Strange things have happened but I don’t explain it with ghosts. It requires actually way more explanation for me than justifying a ghost doing something.”